1. Hi all. I am class president and so I have to write a speech for capping ceremony next Thursday. I asked my teacher what exactly I need to talk about and she said basically just telling them what we have done so far. Well this is what I have so far and I was wondering if this sounds good? I am sure I will make changes but I don't really know what to write...oh and the part about the kid farting in class is a class joke because he literally farts all the time and I told him I was adding it into the speech! Anyways, any suggestions?

    Hello everybody and thank you for joining us this evening. I would like to start off by first thanking the families and friends who are here with us tonight, and also those that may not be here because without you and your love and support, many of us would not be where we are right now. I would now like to say a huge thank you to all of our instructors in both the classroom and for clinical: Dave P, Trish H, Shawna T, Tasha R, Renee W, Johanna T and Gina P. You have all been very helpful in our journey this far. Your input and advice has truly been invaluable. We look forward to gaining more insight and getting more advice from you in the next semester! On the first day of this program, I think I speak for many of us in saying that we were very nervous because we didn't know what to expect. Our first couple of days consisted of playing the name game and making posters about ourselves so we could get to know one another better. We were also introduced to the concept of Ginaland. Now for those of you who don't know what Ginaland is, it is a classroom where there is no complaining or whining to the instructor no matter what, is Ginaland and in Ginaland, Gina rules, so get used to it. For many of us in the program, being here was a shock. We had to learn an entirely new way of thinking. This is because nursing is both an art and a science combined. This semester we embarked on a journey in four different classes. These classes were Nursing fundamentals which I can't really describe in one sentence except to say it is very involved and if you're in doubt the answer is always green leafy vegetables, anatomy and physiology or the study of the structure and function of the human body, growth and development where we learned about all the theorists and their stages of development for a person through life, and pharmacology 1 or math calculations with a starting emphasis on drugs and medication administration. I know I speak for all of us in saying that we are glad we can use a calculator next semester because it is not fun trying to figure out dosage calculations on tests especially those ones that are timed when we all decide that five minus three no longer equals two but instead is three. Through these twenty weeks and all the tests we have had which trust me is a lot...we also had to learn different skills for clinical. Some of these include, learning how to give someone a bed-bath, how to take vitals, how to feed someone, placing a catheter and even learning how to give injections. In clinical we have put these skills into real life situations and we have learned the basis for nursing which is caring for the individual and treating them with the respect they deserve. I know for most of us it hasn't been easy this semester. Dealing with kids, marriages, jobs and school is a lot to juggle when you're only one person and I give credit to all of my classmates because we have not quit. Even when we were sleep deprived and we needed coffee to keep us awake, or we had colds and everyone seemed to be sick and even having to put up with Scott's constant farting, we have made it so far and we aren't done yet, so we need to celebrate the fact that we are half way through, and then we need to buckle ourselves in for a few more months, and then the real reward will be here and we will be happy that we decided to stick with it. Thanks and enjoy your night!
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